Car enthusiasts and fans of the prestigious BMW brand will find themselves in seventh heaven stepping through the doors of the space-age BMW Museum near Munich’s Olympiapark. Even those who aren’t into cars will likely be drawn in to the history, displays of fine engineering and modern exhibition spaces that combine to showcase more than 90 years of BMW heritage.
The BMW Museum has been welcoming visitors since 1973 and is today one of the most popular museums in Munich. It boasts a 5,000-square-metre permanent exhibition space that displays more than 120 prized automobiles, motorcycles and engines spanning the company’s history. In the museum’s seven themed ‘houses’, you’ll learn about the history of the company, the design process, technological developments, aerodynamics, BMW’s racing heritage and the ultramodern and luxurious BMW models of today. Be sure to spend some time in the captivating House of the Motorcycle, which delves into 80 years of the brand’s two-wheeled history.
It’s well worth joining the premium guided tour of the BMW Museum and the adjoining BMW Welt and BMW Group Plant. This tour grants you behind-the-scenes access to the manufacturing and production process and promises intriguing insights not available to the general public. If you get hungry during your visit, grab a snack at the on-site M1 Café.
The BMW Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 6pm. It’s closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The easiest way to get to the museum is by train; the nearest U-Bahn (underground) station is Olympiazentrum. From there, it’s an easy walk to the BMW complex as well as to Olympiapark. Home of the 1972 summer Olympics, the park also offers a number of excellent activities and tours.